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Q&A: 'The Tudors,' Amtrak's Sunset Limited, Alan Colmes

Annabelle Wallis and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star in the Showtime series The Tudors.

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Annabelle Wallis and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star in the Showtime series The Tudors.

'The Tudors' not on network TV

I love The Tudors on Showtime, but we no longer get the channel. I thought I recently saw a TV promo that said another cable channel would be airing Season 1. Is that true and if so, when?

Patricia Perry of the Showtime Network's department of business affairs said the first season of The Tudors has not been sold to any other network in the United States.

Seasons 1 and 2 of the show, which tells the story of England's King Henry VIII (1491-1547) and his six wives, are available on DVD. The third season began April 5, appearing Sunday nights on Showtime, and a fourth and final season with 10 episodes has been ordered. It will air in the spring of 2010 and will take the story of King Henry VIII through the last of his wives.

Portraying King Henry VIII is the Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, 31, who has appeared in such movies as Bend It Like Beckham, Match Point and Mission Impossible III.

Rail to New Orleans in limbo

Amtrak's Sunset Limited service between Orlando and New Orleans has been supend-ed since Hurricane Katrina. When is it going to resume?

Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, damaging the CSX railroad tracks and causing the suspension of Amtrak's Sunset Limited route to New Orleans from Orlando.

The tracks have been repaired, but Amtrak has reservations about resuming the route, citing dwindling ridership (81,000 in 2005, after 96,000 in 2004).

But politicians and community groups in at least three states are starting to apply pressure to have the route reinstated, according to a recent article on, Web site of the Florida Times-Union.

Amtrak says a feasibility study will be submitted to Congress by July, and supporters are optimistic about their chances because of President Barack Obama's and Vice President Joe Biden's past support for Amtrak while they were in the Senate.

Alan Colmes keeping busy

What is Alan Colmes doing now that he is no longer co-hosting his Fox News show with Sean Hannity?

Alan Colmes wanted to try something new after 12 years as the liberal half of Hannity & Colmes. In November, Fox News announced that Colmes was leaving the show but would remain a Fox commentator. Hannity debuted Jan. 12.

Colmes continues doing his radio show and is developing a weekend show for the network. He joined Fox News Channel in 1996 after a successful radio career in New York. His news-driven late-night talk show, The Alan Colmes Show, is syndicated by the Fox News Channel.

Q&A: 'The Tudors,' Amtrak's Sunset Limited, Alan Colmes 04/28/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 7:41am]
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